The forum will showcase programs, research, and technologies that help justice practitioners and decision makers in states, local communities, and tribal nations address pressing public safety issues.
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The program offers scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers to provide them with exclusive networking and educational opportunities, including presenting research and findings at conferences and publication in practitioner-focused journals.
NEW YORK—The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a new report today that highlights statewide initiatives for supporting local-level specialized policing responses (SPRs) for people with mental illnesses. SPRs are designed to help individuals in crisis connect to community-based treatment and supports, when appropriate, instead of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
HARRISBURG, Pa.– Governor Tom Corbett today signed House Bill 135, the second phase of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative that will redirect funds from corrections to communities.
Corbett also signed into law several other pieces of legislation, all related to Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.
NEW YORK—Criminal justice and mental health experts gather to share strategies that improve outcomes for justice-involved people with mental illnesses. The CSG Justice Center, with the support of BJA, has convened more than 400 practitioners, researchers, and public officials to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system.
“In the scheme of things, what they have in place is fairly effective,” said Richard Cho, director of the behavioral health division of the Council of State Governments. “What they need to do is plug in the holes.”
The St. Paul Police Department says their new mental health unit is dedicated to connecting people with community resources and reducing escalations that could result in use of deadly force.
The Arlington Police Department has been acknowledged for its compassionate approach to facing a mental health crisis and the One Mind Campaign is setting the standard for police response.